Kickin’ Back is an organisation working to assist and connect organizations who integrate education, healthy lifestyle components and other interventions, into their programming structure to meet their equipment, coaching, and funding needs.
“This generous gesture from the Kickin’ Back organisation is great! It is a testimony of people and organisations globally believing in the work that Namibia Football Association does for the girl child in football,” said Jackie Gertze, the National Coordinator of NFA Galz & Goals, during the official hand over of the donation to the NFA on 5 May 2015.
“The Galz & Goals initiative which started in 2009 with the assistance of UNICEF Namibia has reached thousands of young girls and teachers, community coaches and parents, and this donation will be given and shared among the ten communities nationally where the Galz & Goals leagues are run from Eenhana to Karasburg and Gobabis to Swakopmund,” Gertze said.
The Kickin’ Back facilitators learned about the Galz & Goals programme through Mary-Beth Gallagher, the director of the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre and after school programme in. The Centre has over the years produced many young female football players who graduated to the Namibia Football Association mainstream football.
Namibia Football Association Secretary General, Barry Rukoro, expressed the NFA’s appreciation for the assistance from Gallagher over many years and added that the girl child and their coaches will greatly benefit from the generous donation.
He said, “Women’s Football is big, it is the biggest female sport in the country and the Kickin’ Back organisation from the USA is at the right place and right organisation to share their valuable contribution in the form of educational materials, training equipment and football attire with Namibia children and youth through the Namibia Football Association,” Rukoro said.